Missing: Republican Party’s Spine

by Mike on March 28, 2007

in Politics

Right Wing News has an interesting take on Republican reaction to the Alberto Gonzalez non-scandal. Basically, they argue the problem with Republicans right now is rooted in what is good about Republicans.

Conservatives pride themselves on not blindly standing up for their own side. Yes, we’re not like the hypocritical Democrats who have no integrity and will defend their own side whether they’re KKK members, left a girl to drown to death, or got caught with 90k dollars worth of bribe money in their freezer.

Overall, this conservative tendency is a good thing because it helps get rid of people like Duke Cunningham and Mark Foley, so that they won’t taint the party as a whole. But, the flip side of it is that every time the left goes after someone, whether it’s merited or not, there is a mob of pitchfork wielding conservatives right there with them demanding their scalps and this is a perfect example of it.

That’s a good point. Here, even if everything flying out of the Democrats’ mouths about Gonzalez was true (it isn’t), there would still be no scandal.  The Constitution guarantees separation of powers.  Inherent in this doctrine is the right of the executive to fire executive branch officials for any reason whatsoever.  Democrats will never understand that of course.  I don’t think they even know we have Constitution.  Republicans should know better though.

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Ryan March 28, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Good analysis by Right Wing News, and kind of sad too. The Administration’s been under attack since December 2000 and has not really stepped up, nor has the Republicans in general, to stick up for themselves. Yet, using the Republican tactic of purging potentially corrupt officials through hounding their own, while good, I agree that it is harmful to the larger cause when the victime (Gonzalez) is right.


Noonan March 29, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Didn’t Clinton fire over a hundred lawyers at Justice when he came into office and replace them all with Dems? So where’s the beef here?


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